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J Reprod Med. 2015 May-Jun;60(5-6):194-8.

Reproductive Outcomes in Women Following Radiofrequency Volumetric Thermal Ablation of Symptomatic Fibroids. A Retrospective Case Series Analysis.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report reproductive outcomes in women who underwent radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation (RFVTA) of symptomatic uterine fibroids.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis of fibroid characteristics, treatment parameters, and pregnancy outcomes of 6 subjects in 3 prospective trials of laparoscopic ultrasound-guided RFVTA.

RESULTS:

Despite the requirement that women enrolled in the RFVTA studies did not desire current or future childbearing and were to continue contraception, 6 subjects conceived at between 3.5 and 15 months postreatment. The number of fibroids treated per patient ranged from 1 to 7, measured between 1.0 cm and 7.6 cm at the greatest diameter, and included multiple types (submucosal, intramural, transmural, and subserosal). Five patients (5/6, 83%) delivered full-term healthy infants: 1 by vaginal delivery and 4 by cesarean section. One patient (1/6, 17%) had a spontaneous miscarriage in the first trimester.

CONCLUSION:

Viable, full-term pregnancies are possible after RFVTA. Further, in-depth study of pregnancy outcomes following laparoscopic ultrasound-guided radiofrequency, volumetric ablation of fibroids is warranted.

PMID:
26126303
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